We have a lot to be Thankful for in Athens County and a sumptuous local food scene is certainly on the top of that list. If you want to bring a little bit of Athens to your table this Thanksgiving, or if you’re looking for a great local place to dine out, read on.
Let’s start with the bird. We can all agree that turkey tastes best when you know it is responsibly raised by a local farmer. At King Family Farm in Albany, Ohio, you can pick up your processed turkey on the farm where it spent most of its life (just call ahead if you do). If you prefer the convenience of buying at a grocery store, the Farmacy on Stimpson Avenue in Athens also sells their turkeys.
Sourcing local side dishes and desserts. There’s no reason not to extend that local flavor to the side items that accompany your turkey. Despite the chill in the air, the Athens Farmer’s Market is still open on Wednesdays (until December 23) and on Saturdays year-round. Take a little pressure off yourself while rounding out your menu with rolls and homemade bread from the Village Bakery and dessert from Fluff (consider ordering their sticky buns for Thanksgiving morning to power you up for a full day of cooking and eating).
Toast the day with Athens County wine. White wine tends to be the recommended pairing with poultry, but whether your favorite kind is white, red or pink, you can find it locally in Athens County at either Shade Winery or Pleasant Hill Vineyards.
Options for dining out. You can, of course, let someone else do all the cooking. The following places in and around Athens County are offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet:
Ohio University Inn | 10:30am-2:30pm.
Reservations are strongly encouraged: 866-593-6661. $17.95 for children, $28.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors.
Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center | 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Reservations are required: 740-767-1210. $9.95 children 4–11 (children under 3 are free), $21.95 for adults.
Hocking Hills Dining Lodge | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reservations suggested: 740-380-0400. $12.95 for children 12 and under, $21.95 for adults.
Lake Hope Lodge | 11 a.m. – 3p.m.
Reservations are required: 740-596-0601. $12.95 for children, $25.95 for adults.
Regardless of how you’re spending Thanksgiving this year, we hope it’s a happy one. See you in Athens soon!